Meaning of “in” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb us uk /ɪn/
Extra Examples
He jumped in while the car was moving.Have you put everything in?He walked in and closed the door.Come in and sit down.She came running in.

A2 into an area or space from the outside of it:

He rushed in halfway through the meeting.
Annie opened the car door and threw her luggage in.

B1 at the place where a person usually lives or works:

I called her, but she wasn't in.
Could you ask him to phone me when he gets in?

B1 If a train, plane, etc is in, it has arrived at the place it was going to:

My train gets in at 17.54.

B2 given or sent to someone official in order to be read:

Applications must be in by 28th February.

used when the sea or a ship moves close to land:

Let's go - the tide is coming in.
be in for sth informal

If someone is in for a surprise, treat, shock, etc, it will happen to them soon:

If he thinks looking after a baby is easy, he's in for a shock.
be in on sth informal

If you are in on something, you know about it or are involved in it:

Were you in on the surprise?
Please let me in on (= tell me) the secret.

In cricket and similar sports, if a person or team is in, they are taking a turn to play.

be in for it also UK be for it informal

to be in trouble

(Definition of “in adverb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)